A political group, Buhari Support Organization, BSO, has called on the Federal Government to factor some key projects in the South-East in its external borrowing plans.
The group listed the projects to include “Enugu-Coal-to-Power, 2nd Niger Bridge, Maiduguri-Port-Harcourt Railway and Adani-Anambra rice project.
Mr. Eze Chibueze, the Publicly Secretary, BSO Enugu State chapter, in a statement on Sunday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari “for his laudable and patriotic program of infrastructure upgrade.”
He, however, appealed that the above projects be included in what he described as “Buhari Infrastructure Renewal (BIR), of the External Borrowing Plan.”
According to him, “We are making this plea for inclusion of Enugu Coal to Power, 2nd Niger Bridge, Maiduguri-Port Harcourt railway and Adani-Anambra Rice projects in the Buhari Infrastructure Renewal segment of the federal government External Borrowing Plan 2016, 2017 and 2018, because our understanding is that the Creditors predicated their transaction on the integrity quotient of Mr President.
“Also, most Nigerians are receptive of the loan knowing fully well that it will be prudently managed. President Buhari may not borrow again in the next eight years.”
Eze re-affirmed the group’s support to Buhari on the loan, noting that the President was handicapped by “the culture of impunity, the collapse of the oil prices, and the unprecedented looting which took place, hence the general infrastructure deficit.”
“We are gratified that majority of Nigerians have come to the inevitable conclusion that without Buhari Infrastructure Renewal, we will remain trapped in gross unemployment, abject poverty and weak infrastructure.
“Consequently, we appeal to the National Assembly and indeed all Nigerians to support the Buhari Infrastructure Renewal, the only patriotic and viable means to renew our critical social and physical infrastructure”, he added.